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Life Time Chicago Triathlon Chicago, Illinois

Donations as of October 10, 2015:

$85.00 Raised Offline
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$1,141.15 Total Raised

Lauren's Triathlon for Autism Research

Chances are, you know someone who is Autistic.  One in 110 children are born with Autism.  For boys, that number is 1 in 70. 

Organization for Austism Research (OAR) provides grants for Autism pilot studies and graduate research projects which specifically address questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.  To date, they have provided over $2 million in funding to such projects. You can read summaries of the research OAR has funded here.

When you donate, 84 cents of every dollar will go directly to fund Autism research.

Why am I raising funds for Autism research?  I have a sibling with special needs and have grown up in and around the special needs community in Pittsburgh, PA.  I have seen the challenges that children and adults with special needs face in our society-but I've also witnessed the possibility for such individuals, their friends, and family to lead full and happy lives with the right resources, education, and support. 

Why am I competing in the triathlon? For me this race is a personal challenge- both physical and mental.  I might be a little crazy for taking it on, but I hope the process will be rewarding.  What will make this race worthwhile is the outcome- raising money for those on the Autism spectrum, their families, and their friends who will benefit from the research funded by OAR.

I've decided to chronicle my training, successes, and mishaps. I invite you to follow me at

Thank you so much for your support!



Comment Donation
Carolyn Behl
Muffy Grant You are really remarkable. What a great way to highlight such wonderful research. You are an awesome person and a loving big sis to Brian.
Molly Friend You Go Girl!
Marcelle What an awesome thing that you're doing ... Good luck, Lauren!
Kate You are awesome. What a wonderful thing to do--- GOOD LUCK!
Erica Wiethorn
Nicole Cook
Philip Szalwinski Way to go! Good luck on race day!
Stephanie Nosek Good Luck!
Liz Henning I am uber-impressed - wishing you the very best of luck Lauren!
Erin Lauren! Good luck, great cause. ~Erin
Melissa Hickok What an inspiration! You go, girl!
Jude Rodriguez Lauren Coffaro, You are a special person who can accomplish anything!
Jason Nusser Have fun!
Amy Webber
Jill Robinson You are so inspiring! Good luck at the race!
Anonymous You're amazing!
Kathryn Balestreri Lauren, you are such an inspiring individual. I am so proud to call you my friend. Will be sending lots of good energy on your big day! xoxo
Claire Lew You go girl!!!
Kira Lerner So awesome that you're doing this! Good luck!!
Jillian and James D'Angelo Good luck! We love you!
Benita Chan Good luck!!!
Ann and David Coffaro So proud of you Lauren. You can do it!
Caitlin Lauren you're awesome! So excited for you!
Terri Shih Woo I love you Lauren! Good luck!
Alana Buckbee Go Lauren!!!
Lauren Coffaro As the winner of the office March Madness Bracket, I will donate the pool to OAR!

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